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Meaning of lira da braccio

li•ra da brac•cio

Pronunciation: (lēr'u du brä'chō, -chē-ō"It.lē"rä dä brät'chô), [key]
— pl. li•ras da brac•cio, li•re da brac•cio
  1. a many-stringed musical instrument of the 15th and 16th centuries, played with a bow and used for polyphonic improvisation.
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